Runners send out final ORC Harvest Run on high note
A select field of runners took to the streets of Red Hook last Saturday for what will be the final Harvest Run for the Onteora Runners Club.
The club has decided to forego the fall race and instead will make its Dirty Sneaker Run 5k a permanent fixture in the Grand Prix Series.
This year’s Harvest Run was Race No. 9 in that series, so plenty of club members were on hand to collect points as the series winds down.
For 2016, an 8-mile course rounded the neighborhood close to the Recreation Center, where it all started and finished.
Proceeds from the run will help fund scholarships that the club awards to graduating seniors from local high schools.
In the race itself, Ben Sweet was the overall winner, getting from start to finish in 50:22.
Logan Linares grabbed the runnerup spot in 50:33, while Matt Newcomb took third in 50:52.
Ryan McCann was fourth in 54:16 and his brother Terry McCann was right behind in 55:35 for fifth place.
Adam Beach finished sixth in 55:47, Doug Needham captured seventh in 56:22 and Zury Oates was eighth in 56:41.
Max Gruner finished ninth in 57:32 and James Rowe rounded out the top 10 in 58:13.
Sheryl Wheeler won the women’s race and was 11th overall in 58:30.
Second place for the ladies went to Erin Newcomb in 59:41, and in third, it was Mendy Gallo in 1:00:37.
Maura Sullivan finished fourth in 1:01:38, Jennifer Jankowski was fifth in 1:01:50 and Jacque Schiffer placed sixth in 1:03:22.
Next were Rachel Schabot (1:07:30), Lisa Loughran (1:08:24), Mary Denitto (1:08:47) and Pam Gottstine (1:10:11).
Other top notable finishers were Steve Schindler (58:33), Jason Taylor (59:32), David Seche (1:01:46), Terry Newman (1:04:58), Steve Schallenkamp (1:05:53), Bryan LaRoche (1:06:14), Steve Sansola (1:09:44), Lisa Jerkowski (1:10:13) and Sue Hoger (1:10:36).
The Grand Prix Series closes out on Dec. 4 with the Reindeer Ramble 5k in Kingston.
Local trio enjoy pacing experience with Chi Running
Three locals, Deb Domack, Theresa Carney Baker and Donald Baker, participated in the White Mountain Milers Half Marathon on Oct. 30 as official pacers with Chi Running.
Domack offered her personal perspective on this unique opportunity:
“This was not a normal race experience”, Domack said. “Many people said it would be difficult.
How can you run 13.1 miles at a pace slower than you normally run and how will you maintain your pace.”
Domack said she used her Garmin GPS watch to set the pace range she wanted to maintain as it would signal if she was off pace.
“I had my mile splits written on a piece of paper so I knew where I should be mile to mile,” she said.
“The run was relaxing and inspiring. Pacing gave me the opportunity to take the focus off of me and my goals and instead I helped others, and gave back to a community I love. It was an experience beyond words and something that I would absolutely do again.”
Domack ran a time of 2:44:38 with her group of 2:45 runners, while the Bakers ran 2:28:59 with their 2:30 pace group.
Fantastic finishes at TCS NYC marathon
Local distance runners showed their stuff last Sunday at the TCS New York City Marathon, with three runners breaking four hours.
Chris Gallo was the first of the group at 3:42:25, while Donald Thurston ran 3:44:50.
Denise Iannizzotto finished in 3:51:45.
Steve Ackerman came oh so close to that fourhour barrier, but still ran a respectable 4:00:56.
Dennis Moore, president of the Mill Brook Preserve, participated at the race in New York for the first time and finished in 4:24:21.
Kathleen Rogan ran 4:47:44, Abby Billias ran 5:33:57 and the ageless John Capen finished his 11th marathon of the year in 7:21:38.
Regan conquers Savannah with three races in two days
Major props to Christopher Regan who kept his nearly two-year running streak intact despite being under the weather at last weekend’s Rock’n’Roll Marathon, 5k and mile run in Savannah, Georgia.
On Nov. 5, Regan ran a time of 4:05:49 in the 26.2mile marathon distance, then the following day, ran 21:48 in the 5k and added a time of 6:34, good enough for third place overall, in the mile.
Please send all race results and information to 79 Hurley Ave., Kingston, N.Y., 12401; fax to (845) 331-3557; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Eric Houghtaling on Twitter at http://twitter.com/runerichrun